Arnis is fast gaining worldwide renown and yet it’s origin has not been established. Often, tales shed light to how something originated–they mirror some truth. A good story handed down from of old can give some leads the imagination can play with.
This Philippine folklore reminds us how people should be valued. The heart of a person dictates the way people are given value, not really religion. Thus, this folklore centers on how a misjudgment happened right inside a church building.
The Philippine myth about the sugarcane is a story on searching for meanings in life. Life can only have meaning, says this myth, if our experience of it is sweet. Without this, the myth avers that achievements, no matter how grand, lose meaning. The myth suggests that the best things in life are sweet.
The Philippine myth on how humans came to be is a good example of how necessities become the mother of invention or creation. And also, how incidental things can lead to major events, as lead roles in a theater play depend on the roles of supporting casts. Life, implies this myth, operates in the interaction of minor and major events, minor and major players.
Tales of the Yamashita treasures have been going around the country immediately after the Second World War. But a lot about it still remains vague–despite numerous claims of discovery. Truth or tale, the various versions remain exciting stories of Hollywood caliber.
A lot of people are afraid of new and untried things. They would rather not have anything to do with them. But there are people who are lured by strange things, but often end up harmed. A few learn the wisdom in trying new things in the right way. A myth on the Lanzones fruit tells exactly how new things, done in the proper way, can prove to be very beneficial.
Mytical ant hills, says a Philippine myth, can reveal two vital things to the curious. They can either teach one to behave or pinpoint where house repair problems originate.
A mother’s undying and boundless love for her child—this is a favorite theme of countless Filipino stories and TV soap operas. Filipino families being closely-knitted together, a Philippine myth on Maria and the Crab would be a best selling hit. It focuses on the unfailing love of a mother for a child, even taking this to spiritual extremes.
Filipino folkore principles maintain that income source is more important than income itself. Good stewardship of the income source increases income potential. This wisdom is made available to kids in tots’ lore.
A long time ago, after Spain christianized the country, many believed that the Philippines had a divine destiny in the far east. A local myth corroborates this assumption and tells of a supernatural intervention from heaven to save the natives from a foreign invasion. This myth seems to be believed in even today by religious citizens.